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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Desert View - Day 53 - Happy New Year!

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6:50 am - Tuesday - January 2nd - Grand Canyon - 25º F, 36% humidity, wind - CALM....forecast high for today is 51º F with partly cloudy skies....heading into Flagstaff today on our day off work!  Today's BP is 138/83.

Can't believe it is 2018......in one month we will celebrate the beginning of our 7th year on the road, and 8 years living in the Newell.....none of that seems possible, but here we are, nonetheless!  We began the year with me being sick with a bad case of a chest cold......I hacked and coughed my way into January 2017.  In all I was sick for 10 days....I think I caught whatever I had when we were home visiting our kids for Christmas, because within days I had the same thing they did.....seems like I have a health emergency about once a year.  At any rate I will recap our 2017 in a separate post.

I had the 'open' shift Monday morning which was good for me as the important college football games were in the afternoon after I would be off work, so that worked out well.   New Year's Day began with a whimper, but ended with a lot of foot traffic....TLE reports she dropped over $600 for her Noon to 5 pm shift.  I dropped about $177, so it was a pretty busy day in the General Store.  We are told that once we are past New Year's day things will slow dramatically until the Presidents Day weekend in February.....that will be fine with me

I was home by 12:45 pm and in front of the TV watching the end of the Notre Dame vs. LSU game, which Notre Dame won on a dramatic last second touchdown.  The Oklahoma vs. Georgia game was a barn burner which saw the final score at 54-48 in double overtime with Georgia winning the game to advance to the National Championship game.  The final game of the day pitted Clemson against Alabama.  Alabama won easily, 24-6, so they will also be in the National Championship game next Monday vs. Georgia.  'Breaking Bad' is running a New Year marathon so I watched a number of episodes going to bed finally around 10:30 pm.....of course there were a couple of luxurious naps interspersed throughout the afternoon.

One thing I have noticed since my stroke episode last Wednesday is I am sleeping a lot better at night.  Before I slept okay most nights, but would have one, or two nights a week where I would wake up around 2 am and not go back to sleep for a couple of hours.....now I am sleeping right through the night.....maybe the problem was high blood pressure.....I don't know for sure, but it's a nice change.

Another thing that is different is I have weighed the exact same thing every morning since I got back from Flagstaff Medical Center.....198.8....that never happens!  I'm happy to stay under 200, that's for sure, but usually my weight varies from day to day by .5 to 1 pound.  Now that I am on a low sodium diet maybe I'm not retaining water now which has stabilized my weight from day to day.  These are interesting changes to me, but I will only begin to understand them when more time has elapsed and I can see a trend really developing.  For now, these are all nice changes.  My BP, which I recorded above, seems to be settling in the 130's (high) and 80's (resting), but again I am just 4-5 days along taking the blood pressure medication.  

We are off, in about an hour, to Flagstaff (Tuesday) for the day to do some shopping, visit with my sister-in-law, and niece, and see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  Art Young is going to ride into town with us, so I am looking forward to a nice relaxing day spent with friends and family!

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1 comment:

  1. Nice that you can get your BP under control I have been on the meds of some 11 years now and low sodium, healthier eating as well. I can maintain my weight, sleep better and an BP about 132/70 is pretty good now.
    Keep up the good work.

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